The Astros are telling other teams that Chad Qualls isn't available, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
If you're confused as to why Houston, miles outside of contention, is making a 35-year-old closer unavailable, we're with you. Qualls would have been a nice rental for a playoff hopeful. He is 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances, and is set to make a reasonable $3 million next year.
Athletics acquire OF Sam Fuld from the Twins for LHP Tommy Milone.
Fuld isn't much of a hitter, but he can play all around the outfield and that's useful to Oakland in the wake of Thursday's trade that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. Fuld is not fantasy-relevant.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Astros have taken Dallas Keuchel off the trade market.
Keuchel threw his fourth complete game of the season on Wednesday against the A's, allowing only four hits and one run over nine innings. The 26-year-old left-hander owns an impressive 2.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 104/33 K/BB ratio through 136 1/3 total frames this season. There was no good reason for Houston to trade him.
Twins acquired LHP Tommy Milone from the Athletics for OF Sam Fuld.
Milone was pushed even further down the A's rotation depth chart with Thursday's Jon Lester trade. He'll get new life in Minnesota, which is almost as pitcher-friendly as Oakland. The 27-year-old left-hander had a solid 3.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 61/26 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings this season with the Athletics. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. It's a decent get for the Twins.
Yankees prospect catcher went 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday.
O'Brien has 33 home runs for the season, and has hit .245/.296/.555 over 72 games with Double-A Trenton. His power is very much real, but he struggles with off-speed pitches and rarely walks. His batting average decreased by nearly 80 points with the move from High-A to Double-A, and it is unlikely that he will have any success in the major leagues without a substantial improvement.
White Sox outfield prospect Courtney Hawkins went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk for High-A Winston Salem on Wednesday.
Hawkins started the season off well, hitting .289/.358/.602 in April, but has hit .244/.331/.444 with 16 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs, and 82 strikeouts in 312 plate appearances in May, June, and July. For the season, he has 107 strikeouts in 407 plate appearances (26.3 percent), and is now primarily playing left field. Two years ago, the White Sox drafted Hawkins 13th overall, but he has fallen off every top 100 list, and would not even be on top 10 White Sox prospects were it not for the poor state of their farm system.
Red Sox acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes from the Athletics for LHP Jon Lester and OF Jonny Gomes.
Cespedes can elect to become a free agent after the 2015 season and the A's stood little chance of locking him up long-term, so they shipped him off to Boston for a three-month ace rental. The 28-year-old Cuban outfielder has massive power -- which should show better at Fenway Park -- and will be an upgrade to Boston's outfield defense both this season and next season. He was hitting .256/.303/.464 with 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 101 games this year for Oakland. The Red Sox also got the A's Round B competitive-balance pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.
Athletics acquired LHP Jon Lester and OF Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for OF Yoenis Cespedes.
The A's were unsatisfied with their rotation even after acquiring Jeff Samardzija (and Jason Hammel) from the Cubs, so they got a little more creative and picked up the top ace on the trade market. Lester can become a free agent after the 2014 World Series and is highly doubtful to re-sign with Oakland, but he'll give the club a big boost down the stretch and into October. The 30-year-old left-hander was sporting a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings this season for Boston. Now he moves to the most pitcher-friendly park in MLB.